The Bandwagon reviewer Barry McGough reviews My Father Didn’t Kill Himself by Russell Nohelty.
The thing I love about reading, well, one of them, is the author’s ability to really make you feel, like the first time you see a film that makes you think and see things from a perspective you hadn’t considered before. I love getting drawn into a book, to the point where I am absorbed and go through a range of emotions. Russell has, for me, done just that with this book.
Despite being a book for YA, its subject matter is dark, as is some of what the main character Delilah goes through and puts herself through as a result of the main plotline, suggested by the title. Without giving too much away, she loses her father, and refuses to accept that he took his own life. We journey through her coming to terms with her loss, her sadness, and the things she does on her journey to discover the truth.
I have a daughter, Katie, who is about the same age, and this book made me think about her, and how she would react in Delilah’s situation. Russell must also have some good reference points as he accurately feeds our imagination with snippets of her (and her best friend’s and family’s) life and journey. Definitely a book to read again, and I will be looking up further work by this author soon. Thanks, Russell.
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